Things I'm Loving in 2017

I Bought It, Product Sent for Revew, Affiliate Links

Beauty Blogger Favorites 2017

I've been a bit lax in posting here on the blog recently. I always seem to slow down in posting over the holidays, as I'm usually busy with my family, working, etc. I've also been writing a lot of posts over on eBay, watch for a post today or tomorrow sharing some of my more recent posts! You should be able to easy click over to read that content. I've also been working on a new website for my designs, you can check out the work in progress site here: Shop 15 Minutes!

In the meantime, I've been trying out a lot of new products that I haven't mentioned at all on the blog! Here's a quick round up, but don't be surprised to see many of these items show up again either in their own posts or mentioned elsewhere.

Hair
I shared this on Instagram and will need to share a full post about it soon, but I actually permed my hair this fall! Yes, full on 1980s style. Since my hair is super healthy with a thick cuticle, it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep curl all day, despite high heat and a lot of product. So, to rough up the cuticle a bit, I got a perm with the largest curlers my stylist thought would work.

It turns out that my hair is a bit wavy now when wet, but that's about it. Even if I try to style it curly, it doesn't really turn out curly at all, but I do need to make a little more effort to actually straighten it. The curls I put in now last easily all day, and usually as long as 2-3 days depending on how much hair spray I use (I'll create a post showing how I'm currently curling my hair).

In the meantime, I did buy a few news tools to help with my new increased straightening and then curling needs! All three are really speeding things up and I do like them.

1. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler (at Amazon or ULTA): This is a paddle brush that blows hot hair. I've tried similar brushes before, but they were all rounded brush styles. Those brushes just got tangled in my long hair. This brush really does help speed up drying my hair, but it would not be able to replace an actual blow dryer for me. I've been blow drying my hair with the regular dryer at my roots, then I use this one just brushing through my hair on the lengths. If I'm really in a hurry, I'll actually use this one to brush and then still use the regular dryer also, so I'm using 2 dryers at the same time! Overall, it has speed things up over using the regular dryer alone, and my hair is smoother and straighter after using this dyer.

2. InStyler Straight Up Ceramic Straightening Brush (at ULTA or Amazon): There are a bunch of these brushes out on the market, I just happened to buy this one from ULTA. It heats up to a high temperature and straightens your hair as you (slowly, and while holding it under some tension) brush it. I do think that it helps if my hair is a bit wonky in places after drying it, but it won't replace a flat iron. I do like that it straightens my hair some without removing volume.

3. Kiss Instawave (at Amazon or ULTA): This curling iron pulls hair in to wrap it around the iron, but results in a different curl pattern than other curling irons. I've found that it's pretty easy to use and does result in long lasting curls, though the "low" heat isn't enough to work on my hair and the "high" setting is definitely damaging my hair despite many heat protectant sprays! If you're not great at curling your hair it is worth a try. Be sure to check out a few locations for the cheapest price, when I bought it on Amazon the price was almost $30 elsewhere!


Skin
4. Rodan + Fields Enhancements Lash Boost (at R+F): I've been using Revitalash for years, and have refused to try anything else. I talk about Revitalash to everyone, I don't even know how many of my friends have tried it out because of the amazing results that I've had!

Recently, I've been feeling like maybe I should try another lash serum. I'd been seeing other people's results, and mine were good but I didn't feel like they were amazing any more. I'm not sure if my lashes were just used to the product or if it wasn't as effective (I stock up yearly at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in the summer, maybe my tubes were no longer effective because they were "old"?) So, when R+F's PR sent me a tube I decided to swap out to the new Lash Boost instead of my next tube of Revitalash. And since I couldn't find info really on how long a tube should last (it turns out 2-3 months with nightly use), I purchased a second tube to be sure I could complete my trial.

I wish I had taken good "before" pictures to show you, but swapping out to the Lash Boost has really had an amazing effect on my lashes! They are definitely longer and fuller than they were with the Revitalash. It took about 4 weeks to see a difference, and I know I'll keep using this instead of the Revitalash. If you don't have a friend who sells R+F I can share the name of my girl, she does amazing things like go into your order to add lip balm, which qualifies you for free shipping and actually brings the cost of your order down, making the lip balm free! I love that!


Makeup
I've bought some new makeup items that I need to share, such as a few eye shadow palettes, blushes and lippies. But I've been really changing up and trying new things with my foundation and concealer. What I'm currently loving:

5. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (at Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom or Sephora): Obviously this isn't new, it's been out for forever, but I've never used it before. I just draw it randomly all over my face and then buff it around with a brush, then done! I love that it has full coverage and only takes a few seconds. I recently took it on a trip and it was super easy to travel with! I do wish there was a more hydrating version, or one with slightly less coverage. But I'll be repurchasing this one for sure.

6. Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme (at Sephora) and Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush (at Sephora): I had heard that this was a great alternative to Tarte's smash hit Shape Tape, which is basically forever sold out and hard to get. I did manage to get Shape Tape, but I bought the Kat Von D as well. I prefer the Kat Von D for sure. It's a medium to full pigmentation concealer, it comes in a large number of shades (more than Shape Tape), and it blends easily. I've been using the brush with it as well, which has taken a bit of getting used to as I don't usually use brushes for concealer, but the brush does really help under my eyes and around my nose. This is worth checking out for sure!

7. MAC Lipstick in Brave (at Nordstrom, MAC): This is a darker pink-nude shade, and it works for almost everyone. I've found myself using it a lot lately, I swear it will work for you too!


Didn't Live Up to the Hype
Silicone Blender: Did you hear about the new silicone pad blenders, billed as the next beautyblender sponge basically? I managed to order one (actually, I bought 2, because I was so excited to find some in stock). In theory you put the makeup on to the silicone, and apply just like a beautyblender, and it blends more flawlessly and your makeup looks perfect. I've only been able to get it to smear my makeup around, whether I'm using it for application or blending. I'm far from impressed. Pass on this one if you find it in stock.

Tarte Shape Tape: This concealer is available only from Tarte and ULTA, and it's forever sold out everywhere. They came out with some new shades on their website, but they sold out pretty quickly too. I did manage to get a hold of the color that is the best match for me, and after using it for a few days it has been relegated to the drawer of my vanity. I don't think it blends as easy as the Kat Von D, Kat is a better color match for me, and the Shape Tape did settle some into fine lines around my eyes. Overall, it's ok, but I really prefer the much easier to find in stock Kat Von D.


I Bought It, Product Sent for Revew, Affiliate Links
The only product sent from PR for review that is mentioned here is the R+F Lash Boost, which I've already repurchased. Everything else I bought with my own money.

39 comments

  1. I'd be interested in the name of your R & F rep. I, too, believe I'm noticing diminishing returns from Revitalash.

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    1. I have Kim Bassett, I went to high school with her! I went to one of those strange high schools where everyone gets along and there's no big cliques or any bullying. She was a cheerleader a year ahead of me, and I was the nerd who got into med school while in high school, and still we're friends! LOL
      You can find her here:
      https://kimbassett.myrandf.com/

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    2. Hi Dawn! Feel free to contact me with questions about R+F LashBoost as well as our multi function eye cream that is the perfect match with our LashBoost! You can connect with me via my webpage! LashBoost will not disappoint! Ddegrandis.myrandf.com

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    3. Hi Dawn! My name is Lynn Showalter and I'm a pharmacist and a Rodan+Fields consultant on the side. I would recommend Lash Boost with no hesitation. Also, I will give all new customers a free mini eye cream and $20 to pay the preferred customer fee so that all your shipping of $80 or more will be free and 10% off all products! Lash Boost is $135 and lasts me longer than 3 months. Message me on Facebook or text me on my cell for more info 858/336-3651.
      Lovelynn.myrandf.com

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    4. Hi Dawn my name is Liz Fisher I'm a Rodan+Fields consultant. I am doing monthly giveaways on my FACEBOOK page. Join today for a chance to win different FREE Rodan+Fields products this month's giveaway in the Micro Dermabrasion paste. My Facebook page is Liz's Rodan + Fields Skin care.

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  2. Dawn, I've been an Rodan+Fields consultant for 3 yrs now. Lash Boost is AMAZING, along with all of our great skin care regimens. We are coming out with a brand new product this year that everyone will be wanting. If you want longer looking, fuller looking lashes that everyone will be asking about, I can help you. Msg me on Facebook at Beverly Trenholm Fulcher or bevfulcher.myrandf.com. Look forward to hearing from you!

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  3. I wear false lashes but thanks to Lash Boost I won't have to much longer!! If anyone needs a Rodan and Fields consultant in the Nashville area look me up! venusw.myrandf.com

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  4. Great info! Thanks so much for sharing! I'd only used falsies a few times but never thought to use a conditioning serum. I'm a consultant for RF also and when Lash Boost came out I was super excited to learn this was a thing LOL I am so glad I tried it! It's done wonders on my lashes! I love that stuff!

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    1. After trying lash extensions in the last, j was thrilled to give Lash Boost a try!! I wish you all could see my results.
      •Enhances the appearance of your lashes
      •Helps you achieve longer-looking lashes
      •Helps create darker-looking lashes
      •Improves the appearance of brittle and thin lashes
      •Boosts softness, elasticity, and shine
      •Fortifies the lashes against further damage
      •Moisturizes lashes
      •Enhances flexibility and resilience

      ๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผIt's Ophthalmology Tested (6 to be exact!) -Safe for everyday use and suitable for contact wearers!!
      ๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸผIncludes Panthenol for conditioning, and Peptides and Biotin to protect lashes
      Message me through my website if you have questions or looking for a consultant!! 4 1/2 years experience with our products!!

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  5. You should totally try our R+F multi function eye cream with the LashBoost! Talk about amazing lashes PLUS no more dark circles, puffiness, and bye bye fine lines! This combo works wonders! Anyone interested in learning more about R+F LashBoost or other products feel free to check out my site and shoot me a message! Xo Diana
    Ddegrandis.myrandf.com

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  6. I would love to chat with you about your hair! Is there a way to email you?

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    1. My email address is cemikese @yahoo.com :)

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  7. Ahh! 8 love lash boost! ๐Ÿ’œ I would love to talk about hair products! Is there a way to email you?

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  8. I would love to share with you about Rodan + Fields products! I'm a consultant and have been using Lash Boost for about 2 months with great results.Message me! karenladd17@gmail.com

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  9. Since I've been getting older, I've noticed that my eyelashes started looking shorter. I thought about an intervention with either extensions or the prescription stuff, but found the cost to be prohibitive. Then Rodan+Fields came out with Lash Boost this year and now after 8 weeks my lashes look of extensions but at a fraction of the cost and no follow up appointments. Since I'm a consultant for RF, I can hook you up. I even have a few of the Lash Boost holiday bundles available for new preferred customers, which includes a free mini eye cream and cute wink cosmetic bag. Contact me at rwells.myrandf.com

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  10. Lash Boost IS incredible!! Aside from awesome results on my lashes, my barely there brows look fantastic!! ❤ https://dtravis.myrandf.com/

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  11. I love this post! I couldn't believe it when I tried lash boost after trying everything from eyelash extensions to Latisse. I am a Rodan + Fields consultant and I am also an aesthetician. By far the best products I have ever used! No surprise that they are the #1 premium skincare company. The doctors have put so much research behind the products. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about the lash boost. I'm also here if you'd like to take a consultation to see what regimen would be best for your skin. We always offer a 60 day,empty bottle, full refund just in case you're not completely satisfied.
    You can find me on Facebook as Stacey Bonderer

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  12. Love your blog! I can help with Lash Boost and share my personal results with you! Teresacollis.myrandf.Com

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  13. I LOVE Lash Boost and the amazing things it is doing for my lashes! I'm having a Lash Boost "Lash Challenge" starting soon and am offering those interested in being part of it Lash Boost at my consultant cost! email me at mindylsmith@hotmail.com or go to mindysauther.myrandf.com to purchase! Everyone deserves amazing lashes!

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  14. There are so many wonderful R+F consultants, anyone of us will be happy to speak to anyone interested in Lash Boost, or any of the incredible Rodan + Fields products. Feel free to visit me on Facebook @mybellapelle or tbowie.myrandf.com

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  15. I'm an executive consultant with R&F. Here is my page and feel feee to ask any questions about the lash boost and/or any of our amazing products.
    https://marjoriearaya.myrandf.com

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  16. I can fix you up! Sarakandrus.myrandf.com

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  17. If you'd like to see my before/after pictures of Lash Boost feel free to message me! This product is truly amazing. I haven't had long lashes ever and now they almost touch my eyebrows and I get compliments on them all the time. Even my 5 year old noticed a difference :) mandycasani@gmail.com

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  18. Thank you for this post!! You rock girl!!! It truly is THAT amazing!! And I'll share I'm into my 15th week on it!! And there is still plenty! And nope, I haven't skipped one night. I wish I could post my before and afters on here. People ask me everyday about my lashes! Thank ya Lord! If you need a rep, you can check it out here: www.emilyannebuck.myrand.com.
    *mention this for a gift with purchase!
    Thanks again for trying out Lash boost and giving it a shout out! Whoop whoop!

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  19. Lash Boost is AMAZING!!! I had blond and very short lashes and nearly no eyebrows. Within 8 weeks of using Lash Boost I now have beautiful eyelashes and I have eyebrows!! Yay!! I even needed to get my eyebrows threaded for the first time!! If you'd like to see my before and after pictures, I'd love to share!!! jpelow.myrandf.com

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  20. I can't even BELIEVE my results with Lash Boost!! I've always had great lashes when I was younger but the older I've gotten, the more sparse they have become and not nearly as long either! I'm a consultant in the Dayton, Ohio area and would be happy to assist you no matter where you live! You can private message me on Facebook (Lori McDonough Wilson) and/or if you check out my website loriwilson.myrandf.com, be sure to let me know so I can help you get a DISCOUNT! Thank you!! ;)

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  21. As a consultant for Rodan + Fields I really didn't want to like the LashBoost. I don't know why. Maybe I was feeling a little overwhelmed with all the other products. But MY GOD IS IT AMAZING! I had always had long eyelashes in high school, but as I got older they got more brittle and seemingly thinner and lighter. After using this regularly I am back to my high school lashes and I will never stop using it! I can help you with this and more! Contact me!

    Emilyparker.myrandf.com

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  22. As a blonde it has always been hard to see my lashes and eye brows! Love LASHBOOST best product ever and the lashes are YOURS! Feel free to contact me if any more questions wprokosch.myrandf.com or wendyprokosch@gmail.com

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  23. Anything by Rodan+Fields is gold to me!! I love everything, Lash Boost, Redefine Regimen, and the Micro Roller is divine!!

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  24. Love your Lashboost review! I too am an RF consultant. If you're reading this in the US, Canada or Austrailia and wondering about the Products or the Business I would love to connect! https://mebrown.myrandf.com/
    I have been looking for a great new shade of lip stick and I will give Brave a shot!

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  25. I love my lash boost too. I've never had lashes like I do today! Thanks to Lash Boost. I am an RF consultant and happy to help. I live in the Denver area.

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  26. I'm a Rodan + Fields consultant, I donate some commissions to animal charity. I am also having amazing results with Lash Boost, my lashes are looking longer, thicker and shinier, my eye brows are actually growing back! Yes it can be used on your lashes and brows, I can send you photos, here's my website: https://piedmontpet.myrandf.com/

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  27. I absolutely love my lash boost! I've tried lash fake lashes and hated them plus they caused my lashes to break. Since using lash boost my lashes are fuller, longer and much healthier. I've had amazing results with all R + F products. If your looking for products that truly work feel free to contact me. https://minacannon.myrandf.com Best thing I have ever done for myself.

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  28. If anyone is needing info on lashboost or any other R&F products, I'm a consultant and would absolutely love to help you out!! This is my website: https://tiffanywinchester.myrandf.com

    Or you can find me on Facebook or email me at xotiffanyamandaox@hotmail.com

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  29. I love lash boost! I also use it on my eyebrows to help the areas that have thinned out. Rodan + Fields also has amazing skincare products to help you achieve your best skin possible. If you are interested in trying any of our products and do not know a representative, I would love to help you! Use this link to take my solution tool follow the instructions and provide your email address ... let's get you loving your skin again https://wferoli.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/GetAdvice/SolutionsTool

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  30. I am a R+F consultant and I would love to help with Lash Boost or any other skincare need. Please visit my website at http://kmcvay.myrandf.biz and I'd love to help you! Thanks!

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  31. I love my Lash Boost! I have been a R+F consultant for one year. I can help you find the right skin care for you or get those long lashes you have been looking for. I am here to help. Please go to www.randfct.com or send an email to randfct@gmail.com

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  32. I have been using Lash Boost for 3 months now and my results are nothing less than amazing. I am a R+F consultant and have been for about a year now. If I can assist in any way, my web site is dianaowens.myrandf.com or email me at graciemc63@yahoo.com

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  33. I have been using Lash Boost for 3 months and noticed a big difference in my length right away. At this point I only use Lash Boost three times a week and honestly my eye lashes are amazing. I am loving it. I just began using this on my eye brows which have thinned with age. They too have filled out and look great. I love all our products and proud to say I am 58 and love when someone comments how young I look. http:lindafennell.myrandf.com or email at lpfennell@msn.com Look forward to hearing from you!

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